Tom-Tom

Display Name: 
Tom-Tom
Sort Name: 
Tom-Tom
AKA: 
Tom-Tom Bird
Race: 
Black
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Free Black
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Production
Specific Job: 
Fireman
Date of Birth: 
Saturday, January 1, 1870 to Saturday, December 31, 1870
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Biography: 

A "big bull of a man weighing two hundred pounds" (152), Tom-Tom works as the day fireman for Jefferson's power plant in "Centaur in Brass." A black man of sixty, he has a "new young wife . . . whom he kept with the strictness of a Turk in a cabin two miles from town" (152). His cuckolding by night fireman Turl occasions the "centaur" part of the title of the story.

Individual or Group: 
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